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Rev. Graham Carter remembers Wesley sermon in Epworth

When Samuel Wesley died, the Wesley family moved from the Old Rectory in Epworth. John Wesley returned to the town where he grew up and preached to the town’s people. Rev. Graham Carter of the Old Rectory Board of Trustees discusses a sermon Wesley gave standing atop his father’s grave.

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Rev Graham Carter discusses the Old Rectory in Epworth, UK

John Wesley’s life began in Epworth, UK. His family lived in the Rectory in the northern England community where his father served as the Anglican pastor. One of the shaping moments in young John’s life was a fire that destroyed the rectory. He was trapped in a second floor room and the family was unable to return to the house to save him. Neighbors formed a human ladder and pulled him from the flames as the room’s ceiling crashed down in flames. This fire occurred in February 1709. By December of that year, the family had returned to their new home at the site, the building today known as the Old Rectory. It is Methodist Heritage site. A Board of Trustees heads an organization working to restore the building that now serves as museum honoring John and Charles Wesley. Rev. Graham Carter chairs the board. He talks with us about the family and the house.

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Visiting the Wesley family home

We left Kings Cross station early Friday for Doncaster several hours to the north of London. From there we attempted to drive to Epworth and the Old Rectory. We talked with Rev Graham Carter who heads the Old Rectory Board of Trustees about the Wesley family and the home where they lived for 40 years. Carter talked about Samuel Wesley, a church leader in Epworth and his wife Susannah who raised their 3 sons and 7 daughters.

In coming weeks we will have video and photos from the Old Rectory,  a historical treasure of the Methodist faith.

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The Old Rectory in Epworth UK

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Amy, our tour guide, describing the restoration work in kitchen.

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